Daily Worship

I speak this truth

March 26, 2017 0

Luke 4: 1- 12

Jesus is tested in the wilderness

4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’

4 Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone.”’

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendour; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.’

8 Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”’

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

‘“He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”’

12 Jesus answered, ‘It is said: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

I speak this truth:

 

“He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but he said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome.” ― Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

 

Amidst all that assails, confronts and challenges,

Lord You have been my rescue and protection;

Lord You will cover and shelter me with your mighty wings.

Your promises are all I need not to be afraid.

 

So Lord, I declare 

that you alone are my refuge, 

my place of safety;

my God in whom I trust.

My confidence is placed in You Lord

for you are the real deal.

 

 

O Christ, in You my soul hath found,

And found in you alone,

The peace, the joy I sought so long,

The bliss till now unknown. [1]

Amen

 

[1.  None but Christ , Hymn 699 in Revised Church Hymnary]